Children ‘put at risk’ at nursery

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A nursery in South London has been served with an enforcement notice for putting children at risk, following an inspection from Ofsted.

The report from the visit to The Children’s Palace in Thornton Heath said the setting fails to ensure children are “adequately supervised by the correct number of staff to meet their needs”. It was given the lowest possible grade in all areas.

Conversely, the setting’s website claims that “all children within our care are treated like royalty” and that children’s “health, education and well-being is paramount”.

The report said that the nursery doesn’t ensure its staff and volunteers are properly vetted, which means that their suitability to work with children cannot be verified. In addition to this, staff have a poor understanding of safeguarding as “they are not confident about the signs and symptoms of concern or the action to take about a concern for a child’s welfare.”

Children are also put at risk because there is not at least one person with a paediatric first aid qualification on site at all times – this is in breach of the Childcare Register.

The report slammed the activities and resources as “badly planned and implemented” at the nursery, with outcomes for children described as “poor”.

Ofsted did, however, praise the nursery for having one strength: that children enjoy freshly prepared meals as part of a healthy and balanced diet.

The nursery is now required to take urgent action in 6 key areas, including making sure that all staff have a DBS check and that there are a correct number of staff to supervise the children. Should the setting fail to carry out the changes described in the Welfare Requirements Notice it has been served with, it could be prosecuted by Ofsted and have its registration removed.

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